Rachel: Transgender Sex Worker Fights HIV In Namibia
As a transgender woman and a sex worker, Rachel has been affected by stigma and discrimination, including from her own family when she was just a child. Despite her experiences, Rachel is a strong woman who is proud of her identity: "Let's be proud of who we are, being a sex worker, being a trans-woman, but first and foremost a human being, with dignity and integrity." She has founded Voice of Hope, a new community-based organization in Walvis Bay, Namibia. She plans to support her peers to improve sex workers' knowledge of their human rights and increase their access to sexual health and HIV prevention services. "I Am Rachel" is her personal story.
Voice of Hope receives technical support from Namibia's national LGBTI network, Out-Right Namibia. In turn, Out-Right receives support from Positive Vibes, the Alliance Linking Organization in Namibia. This short film has been co-produced by Rino Pucci and Gemma Taylor for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.